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The AV Project is a place for discussion on the intersection of visual art and music. A place where photographers, musicians, filmmakers, graphic designers, and more can talk about their approach to visual art that accompanies music.

The AV Project Ben M. Collins

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The AV Project is a place for discussion on the intersection of visual art and music. A place where photographers, musicians, filmmakers, graphic designers, and more can talk about their approach to visual art that accompanies music.

    05 - Preserving the Newport Folk Festival with Josh Goleman

    05 - Preserving the Newport Folk Festival with Josh Goleman

    Photographer and Cinematographer Josh Goleman shares his insight and stories into the creation of 'Our Voices Together', a documentary film made in to fill in the wake that the Newport Folk Festival left behind when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

    Josh Goleman is a photographer and cinematographer based in the NYC area. Sometimes he directs videos, sometimes he doesn’t. Whether it’s shooting stills or motion, he hopes the end result feels genuine, has heart, and looks damn good.

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    04 - Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone with Cinematographer Matt Bastos

    04 - Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone with Cinematographer Matt Bastos

    Cinematographer Matt Bastos shares his experience as a cinematographer on high-end music videos, his process behind his work, how his team is essential to the end result, and we chat about growing and pushing yourself as an artist.

     Matt Bastos is a New York and Boston based director of photography. He became a filmmaker by way of photography and playing drums in bands growing up. Matt has shot a variety of projects from feature length films, international short films, major label music videos, and more. The common thread in all of his work is a consistent tone and a focused commitment to the story he is telling. Matt has worked with incredible bands such as Delta Spirit, Brian Fallon, GAtherers, Bent Knee, and Bring Me The Horizon to create iconic and immersive music videos.

    His work as been featured on Rolling Stone, Billboard, Revolver, NME, Kerrang!, Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum, Decibel, and more. 

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    03 - Creating Honest Music Videos with Francesca Blanchard

    03 - Creating Honest Music Videos with Francesca Blanchard

    Songwriter Francesca Blanchard shares her experience creating honest and unique music videos, working with friends and collaborators, and how sometimes, you just gotta do it yourself.

    Francesca Blanchard is a songwriter currently based in Burlington, Vermont. Francesca's new melodic indie-pop album gave way to six amazing music videos, each one bursting with bold vulnerability, cathartic relief and a refreshing dose of self-awareness. 

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    • 25 min
    02 - 'Don't Hold Back' with Jenny Watts

    02 - 'Don't Hold Back' with Jenny Watts

    Photographer Jenny Watts shares her process designing a zine, reaching out to bands to photograph, and talks getting in your own way as an artist. 

    Jenny Watts is a photographer from New York City traveled with the band Studyed to South by Southwest. Jenny published a zine from the trip that includes countless jaw-dropping photographs. Jenny also works as a studio technician for Danny Clinch.

    To see an excerpt of the zine (Full show notes): https://www.benmcollins.com/post/the-av-project-episode-02-jenny-watts

    To see Jenny's work: https://www.instagram.com/jennyalicewatts/


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    • 22 min
    Episode 01 - Nate Files

    Episode 01 - Nate Files

    On this episode of the AV Project Podcast, we dive into


    the process behind designing and operating the lighting of Lawrence and Jane’s Addiction

    challenges lighting designers face in their work

    some tips and advice for bands and those just getting started with lighting their own shows


    Concert lighting and stage design is a mysterious world. Not many people know how it happens, but everyone appreciates it.

    Nate Files is one of the best lighting and production designers in the world, working with bands such as Lawrence, Jane's Addiction, Andy Grammer, Anderson .Paak, and countless more. Nate's lighting pumps life into shows. He creates an added layer of experience that leaves fans coming back for more.

    VIEW EXAMPLES OF NATE'S PHOTOS AND VIDEOS HERE

    https://www.benmcollins.com/post/av-project-episode-01-nate-files

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    • 23 min

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